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ransack

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verb ran·sack \ˈran-ˌsak, (ˌ)ran-ˈ\

Simple Definition of ransack

  • : to search (a place) for something in a way that causes disorder or damage

Full Definition of ransack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to search thoroughly b :  to examine closely and carefully

  3. 2 :  to search through to commit robbery :  plunder

ran·sack·er noun

Examples of ransack

  1. Robbers ransacked the apartment looking for money.

  2. The room had been ransacked.



Origin of ransack

Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka, from rann house + -saka (akin to Old English sēcan to seek) — more at seek


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with ransack

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RANSACK Defined for Kids

ransack

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verb ran·sack \ˈran-ˌsak\

Definition of ransack

ran·sackedran·sack·ing

  1. :  to search through in a way that causes disorder or damage <Thieves ransacked the room.>





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